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Jakarta Post

Antiradicalism decree fuels fears of authoritarianism

  • Ghina Ghaliya
    Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, November 27, 2019   /  09:19 am
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In a bold attempt to curb radicalism in the civil service, the government has issued a joint decree — signed by 11 ministries and state bodies — to regulate what civil servants can and cannot say on social media. The government has also set up a monitoring team and a website where the public can report civil servants they believe have espoused radical ideas. The joint decree, issued on Nov. 12, was signed by six ministers: Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Minister Tjahjo Kumolo, Home Minister Tito Karnavian, Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly, Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi, Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim and Communications and Information Minister Johnny G. Plate. State Intelligence Agency (BIN) chief Budi Gunawan, National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) head Comr. Gen. Suhardi Alius, National Civil Service Agency (BKN) head Bi...